Ebola

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Kleenex Maker Sued for Claiming Gowns Protected Against Ebola

Tested Kimberly-Clark surgical gowns had 'catastrophic failures,' lawsuit alleges

(Newser) - A $500 million lawsuit filed in federal court Wednesday against Kimberly-Clark Corp. alleges the company falsely claimed its surgical gowns protected against Ebola and other infectious diseases. The suit says that the company knew for at least a year that its Microcool Breathable High Performance Surgical Gown had failed industry... More »

Judge Orders Maine to Let Nurse Go Out

Kaci Hickox can be in public places, but still must submit to monitoring

(Newser) - Maine nurse Kaci Hickox won some freedom today: A judge ruled that she can go out in public, though she still must submit to regular health checks, reports the Bangor Daily News . District Court Chief Judge Charles LaVerdiere decided that the state, which wants her to stay home for the... More »

Maine Gov. Wants Nurse's Blood

Paul LePage suggests blood test could resolve Kaci Hickox's situation

(Newser) - Maine is seeking a court order to force nurse Kaci Hickox to remain in quarantine for Ebola, but the whole issue "could be resolved" with a simple blood test, Gov. Paul LePage told ABC News yesterday as Hickox was spotted out for a bike ride ; her boyfriend later accepted... More »

Ebola-Free N. Korea Freaks Out Over Ebola

All foreigners entering will be put in mandatory 21-day quarantine

(Newser) - "For the record: There have been no cases of Ebola in North Korea," writes Eric Talmadge, AP 's bureau chief in Pyongyang, in a look at the latest threat that has North Korea all aflutter. Namely, Ebola. Though the nearest confirmed case is 6,000 miles away—... More »

Maine Nurse Goes for a Bike Ride, Cops Follow

Kaci Hickox says she won't be bullied by politicians, will fight quarantine

(Newser) - Kaci Hickox went on a bike ride today, hours after saying she's going to fight the stigma on medical professionals who've treated Ebola patients and not let politicians bully her. With a showdown looming over her potential forced quarantine in Maine, the nurse emerged from her home to... More »

Maine Asks Courts to Make Nurse Stay Home

Kaci Hickox objects to 21-day quarantine over Ebola worries

(Newser) - A showdown looms in Maine over the murky question of whether the state can force a nurse to stay home over Ebola fears. The state was filing for a court order to require Kaci Hickox to remain in quarantine, reports CNN . Hickox, who recently treated Ebola patients in West Africa... More »

Nurse Won't Obey Maine Quarantine

State says it is 'willing to pursue legal authority'

(Newser) - Nurse Kaci Hickox has gone from forced quarantine in New Jersey to "voluntary" quarantine in Maine—but it may not be voluntary for long. Her lawyer tells the Bangor Daily News that she agreed not to go out in public for two days, but "she doesn't want... More »

2nd Dallas Ebola Nurse Leaving Hospital

Amber Vinson to attend 1pm press conference

(Newser) - Dallas nurse Amber Vinson will be released from an Atlanta hospital today after tests showed she's free of the Ebola virus, a hospital spokeswoman says. The 29-year-old will be leaving Emory University Hospital after attending a 1pm news conference where she will make a statement. Vinson's family announced... More »

Limbaugh: It's Time to Quarantine Chris Christie

Meanwhile, it's unclear how long Kaci Hickox will be quarantined for in Maine

(Newser) - Kaci Hickox is going to Maine after a brief and controversial forced quarantine in New Jersey, but it's not clear how long the nurse will be quarantined for in her home state. She has agreed to home quarantine, but while her lawyer says that should only be for the... More »

CDC's New Ebola Policy: No Forced Quarantine

But military personnel now in 'controlled monitoring'

(Newser) - The federal government has rolled out new guidelines for health workers who have had contact with Ebola patients, and they stop short of the mandatory quarantines introduced in several states. Instead, the CDC guidelines released to state health departments recommend that people at risk isolate themselves voluntarily for 21 days,... More »

NJ Releases Nurse From Forced Quarantine

Kaci Hickox plans to sue

(Newser) - Kaci Hickox's time being treated like a "criminal" by the state of New Jersey is coming to an end. ABC News reports the state announced this morning that it will release the nurse, who flew into New Jersey on Friday after working with Ebola patients in Sierra Leone,... More »

Christie: Ebola Quarantine Will Be 'Nat'l Policy'

Others argue that science should prevail over one-size-fits-all policy

(Newser) - Chris Christie may have a pretty irate nurse taking the Garden State to task over the execution of his mandatory-quarantine policy toward Ebola, but he's standing by it. "I think this is a policy that will become a national policy sooner rather than later," he told Fox ... More »

Quarantined Nurse: NJ Treated Me Like a 'Criminal'

Kaci Hickox put through wringer, despite testing negative for Ebola

(Newser) - Kaci Hickox had "spent a month watching children die, alone," in Sierra Leone, where the 33-year-old nurse was working with Ebola patients with Doctors Without Borders. On Friday, she flew into New Jersey's Newark airport—and straight into a bureaucratic quagmire that underscores the nation's struggle... More »

Ebola Cases Surpass 10K

About half have died worldwide, says WHO

(Newser) - More than 10,000 people have been infected with Ebola and nearly half of them have died, according to figures released today by the World Health Organization. The UN health agency said the number of confirmed, probable, and suspected cases has risen to 10,141. Of those cases, 4,922... More »

NY, NJ to Require Quarantine After Ebola Contact

Health workers returning from West Africa face 'automatic' new rule

(Newser) - The governors of New Jersey and New York today ordered a mandatory, 21-day quarantine for all doctors and other arriving travelers who have had contact with Ebola victims in West Africa. The move comes after a New York City doctor who returned to the US from treating Ebola victims in... More »

Dallas Nurse Nina Pham Free of Ebola

She is out of the hospital and headed home

(Newser) - A dose of good news on Ebola to counter the bad in New York City : Dallas nurse Nina Pham is free of the virus, reports WUSA-TV . The 29-year-old was released today from the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Md., where she had been in isolation. Pham herself appeared at... More »

NYC Isolates Ebola Doctor's Fiancee, Friends

Case poses huge challenge for city

(Newser) - America's biggest city is facing an enormous challenge: how to track down people who came into contact with an Ebola-infected doctor who traveled on three subway lines, jogged for miles, and even went bowling the day before he reported symptoms. Epidemiologists in New York City are using information from... More »

NYC Doctor Tests Positive for Ebola

Craig Spencer reportedly was out bowling before falling ill

(Newser) - New York City has its first Ebola case: A doctor who recently returned from West Africa has tested positive for the disease, reports the New York Times . Craig Spencer, who had been working in Guinea with the group Doctors Without Borders, is now in isolation at Bellevue Hospital. City health... More »

Paul Allen Gives $100M for Ebola

Microsoft co-founder also creates website for smaller donors

(Newser) - The fight against Ebola is getting another hefty donation from a US billionaire: This time it's Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen, who today pledged $100 million, reports the Seattle Times . Allen also created a website called TackleEbola through which people can donate to specific projects, from hand-washing stations in West... More »

Starving Liberians: We'll Break Ebola Quarantine

UN's World Food Program has apparently stopped providing food

(Newser) - Dozens of people quarantined for Ebola monitoring in western Liberia are threatening to break out of isolation because they have no food, the West African nation's state radio reported today. Forty-three people were put in quarantine after four people died of Ebola in Jennewende, a town in an impoverished... More »

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